I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. I love the way I feel after I am done exercising, but I hate getting myself out there to actually do it. I thought I tried everything - I am not coordinated enough to take any of the classes. I usually get frustrated at my lack of balance and endurance and leave soon after class starts. I liked the spin class for a while, but if you don't get there early enough (and I mean REALLY early in the morning) - you don't get a bike. Weight lifting is a little too intimidating, but I am willing to get into a routine. The eliptical machine has been a long time friend - but is now getting a little dull.
The only thing that I have found that I enjoy - to my great surprise- is running. I love the cool air in my face when I run outside. I love listening to my Ipod playlists with corny songs like the theme from Rocky and my favorite 90's big hair heavy metal tunes. The best part is that it is truly "me time." No one is running after me with a question or an issue that needs to be solved right away. This is my time to let out a little stress, listen to my tunes, and let my mind wander.
In order to get the essence of running, I've hired a personal trainer. We meet once a month and she keeps me motivated, gives me a plan and sage advice to ensure success. Best money I've ever spent! Why should my kids get all of the money to do fun activities. While I won't keep my trainer forever, having her by my side or just a phone call away keeps me motivated, dedicated and committed to my goal. And it is paying off! I've lost about 8lbs so far. My legs are looking a little less flabby and I'm losing a little of my muffin top. Thanks to her - I've set a new goal for myself - to run and cross the finish line of a 5K race this spring. Wish me luck...
To end, this Jersey girl quotes that infamous Jersey boy from my playlist - "Baby,(maybe) we were born to run...."